• The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Heather Bray has over 20 years of experience in Science Communication as a practitioner, scholar, teacher, and researcher. 

Heather currently coordinates the Master of Science Communication and the undergraduate major and minor in Science Communication. She is the leading coordinator/instructor for all SCOM units offered at Level 2 and above. Heather previously taught science communication and related subjects at the University of Adelaide from 2012 to 2018.

Heather's research explores community understandings of, and attitudes to, the role of science and technology in food production, in particular genetically-modified crops and food, and farm animal welfare. Her work aims to improve communication and build trust between different stakeholders in the agri-food system.

Heather's background is in agricultural science and she has worked as an animal scientist in both Australia and the Netherlands. Before returning to academia, she worked in science centres and agricultural research centres, developing community engagement programs about complex and controversial technologies. 

Heather is an active member of the Australian Science Communicators.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Sciences Communication, Graduate Diploma, Central Queensland University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

Veterinary Science, PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Dec 1997

Science in Agriculture, Bachelor, University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Jun 1991

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Communications
  • Biotechnology
  • Creative Arts

Research expertise keywords

  • Social Media
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Media Studies


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